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People who must self-isolate due to the coronavirus will still be able to vote in local elections thanks to new emergency proxy voting measures

People who have to self-isolate because of the coronavirus will still be able to vote in local elections, following a planned amendment to the emergency proxy voting rules published in Parliament

The move is one of many measures the government is taking to enable fair and secure participation in COVID in the upcoming council and mayor elections in England, as well as the elections for police commissioners and the crime in England and Wales

The legislation, which has been tabled in parliament, will allow anyone who self-isolates due to COVID-19 access to emergency proxy voting, until 5:00 p.m. on election day

These elections can and will be held in a COVID secure manner and the extended proxy voting rules are a key part of it

The new rules will mean that voters who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who isolate themselves, will still be able to have a say in these elections without having to leave their homes

Anyone who cannot make it to a polling station due to COVID-19, including those protecting, appoint a proxy beyond the usual deadline

Anyone who has an existing proxy agreement to appoint a new proxy until 5:00 p.m. on election day if their proxy is affected by COVID-19 and cannot act as a proxy

On Friday February 5, the government confirmed that polls scheduled for May 6, 2021, including elections for council and mayor in England and the Commissioner for Police and Crime (PCC) in England and the Country Wales, will go as planned

The government also released an implementation plan setting out guidance on how COVID-19 surveys will be delivered securely and effectively, which included preliminary changes to proxy voting rules As usual, anyone can also get a postal vote ahead of the May elections.The deadline for all postal vote requests is Tuesday April 20 at 5:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to vote by post is encouraged to apply to do so as soon as possible and not wait until the deadline.

Now more than ever, people deserve to have a say as we build back better, on issues ranging from local health arrangements, to safer streets, to the tax bill. housing, and the pandemic calls for a more flexible approach to voting

The government continues to work closely with the electoral community and public health agencies to resolve issues and ensure that anyone who is qualified to vote can do so in a secure manner COVID The government will work with political parties on broader electoral guidance This includes additional new measures on the nomination process, posted on GOV UK

These measures will support the holding of important elections in a way that minimizes risks to public health and instills the confidence of voters that every effort is made to ensure that polling stations remain protected from COVID

We will also change the coronavirus regulations to allow a wider range of campaign-related activities from March 8, but it is essential that this always takes place in a COVID-safe manner, in accordance with guidelines and the law The government will in due course issue additional guidance to candidates, their agents and political parties on the election campaign, and engage with the Panel of Parliamentary Parties on such guidance to ensure that the views political parties are taken into account

This bill is expected to be debated in the House of Commons and the House of Lords next month and, if approved, will likely come into force in early April

The Scottish government has amended legislation to allow those who take government advice or the advice of a medical professional regarding Covid-19 to apply for emergency proxies when voting in local government elections and Scottish parliamentarians

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Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-allow-proxy-voting-in-local-elections-for-those-self-isolating-with-coronavirus